Volume 1 Issue 3                                                                       January 14, 2013
Allen & Rutili Driving Skill Development in Chicago

Chicago ADM World Tour a Hit!

ADM Spells Success in Grand Rapids

Why Cross-Ice Hockey?

VIDEO: Are We Developing Players or Trying to Win Banners?

VIDEO: Repetition & Player Activity

Just for Coaches: On- & Off-Ice Practice Plans

Allen and Rutili Driving Skill Development in Chicago

By Phil Colvin - Special to USAHockey.com


After years of coaching at the Tier I level with the Chicago Mission, Kent Allen and Pete Rutili have turned their attention to teaching younger players in the metropolitan Chicago area.


Allen took over as hockey director of the Chicago Jets, the city's first Tier II organization, in June 2012. Nine months later, in March 2013, Rutili became hockey director of the Chicago Cyclones, located at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Ill., about 40 miles west of the Windy City.


In the 2009-10 season, the pair coached three members of this year's United States National Junior Team - Thomas DiPauli, Vince Hinostroza and Ryan Hartman - on the Chicago Mission 16U squad and regularly built small-area games into their practice sessions with the Tier I midgets.






This past week, as was discussed in a previous Mite Newsletter, USA Hockey converged on the Chicagoland area for the ADM World Tour. Eight members of the USA Hockey ADM team presented to just under 400 parents and coaches in 11 locations in 3 days. There was a mix of on-ice clinics and presentations discussing a myriad of topics surrounding the American Development Model.


The feedback from those in attendance was fantastic as no question was left unanswered. The prevailing theme coming out of each meeting was, "Why aren't we doing this?" and "More people need to hear this message". The attendees were very appreciative of the experience and expertise that the ADM Managers brought with them especially from the other regions of the country. It was eye opening to hear what has worked and not worked in regions more traditionally known as hockey playing states. 




The Chicago ADM World Tour was a featured article on USA Hockey's website homepage. Don't miss "Windy City Tour Stop is a Breath of Fresh Air for Hockey Parents". Click HERE for full article.


ADM Spells Success in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Located on the west side of the state, about 150 miles northwest of metropolitan Detroit, Michigan's District 6 has become a hothouse for the American Development Model, USA Hockey's player development program from Mites to Midgets. 


In early 2010, when the district's leadership debated the merits of adopting the ADM, the discussion always came back to what was best for its players. For the directors of District 6's Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, that meant implementing the ADM as soon as possible.


"They really pushed for it," said Wendy Mielock, a parent of four GRAHA players. "They said, 'this is going to be the best thing for our kids and for our organization, so let's do it."



Why Cross-Ice Hockey?



Cross-ice hockey or Small-area games, simply defined are technical and game-like competitive drills and games that use a playing surface that has been reduced in size and allows players to practice their hockey skills. Small-area hockey actually has been around for as long as the game has been played. When players played on a pond did they use an ice surface 200 x 85? No, they played in a small area that developed and sharpened their skills without the rules of off-sides, icing, penalties, face-offs, etc. Somehow coaches have moved away from this idea of practicing and playing in an environment with little control or structure, to one with greater control. Many of the greatest hockey players to ever play the game will attribute their success to growing up playing on the ponds and not in highly controlled practices!



Are We Developing Players or Trying to Win Banners?
Repetition & Player Activity: How Many Repetitions Do You See?

Listen to Coach Stan Van Gundy, former coach of the Miami Heat, as he discusses a culture of coaching in youth sports today. Stan brings home the point that many in the youth hockey community deal with every day, are we truly focused on development of the child or are we more worried about winning the game or league championship? Do we practice for development or do we practice to win the next game? 
Repetition is the mother of all learning. This saying is really old...old enough to be one of those latin phrases that's engraved into stone: Repetitio mater studiorum est. It is the same in the classroom as it is in sports.

What really happens on the ice in practice and in games? USA Hockey uses the activity tracker below to evaluate the developmental opportunities for players. The difference between station based practices and small area games compared to full ice games and full ice practices is startling. Find out for yourself.




As we have learned over the course of implementing the ADM across the state, it is all about increased puck touches and constant activity on the ice for the 8U skater.  Good, quality station based practices vastly increase the amount of both for the player.  Having tracked players in both full-ice practices and ADM style practices, the amount of added touches and movement for any one skater is 4 fold.  So if we are to give the parents their moneys worth and the skater the development they deserve than station based practices is the best way to do both.


USA Hockey provides an abundance of material to help coaches design efficient and fun dryland training for the 8U age group. We will highlight some of those exercises here each month. Ask your coaching coordinator or hockey director where you can get the dryland deck of cards, or contact AHAI Coach- in- Chief.









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